Portuguese businessman’s salt cod aka bacalhau à Gomes de Sá

by Heguiberto on February 27, 2012

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Portuguese businessman’s salt cod aka bacalhau à Gomes de Sá

Portuguese businessman’s salt cod aka bacalhau à Gomes de Sá

This is another Portuguese salt cod recipe which I adore. Legend says that it was created by a businessman from the northern city of Porto, hence the name Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá. It is a complete success all over Brazil and a comfort food for me. It reminds me of the holidays from my childhood. My brothers and sisters would all come home and my mom would make special delectable meals for the 13 of us! Lots of activity in the kitchen preparing meals for a big family! This was one of the best.

Portuguese businessman’s salt cod aka bacalhau à Gomes de Sá

2lb dry salt cod
4 large Yukon gold potatoes
4 red bell peppers, cut in quarters, stems and seeds removed
1 bay leaf
1 tsp black peppercorn
1 cup olive oil
4 tbsp canola oil
4 garlic cloves, crushed
3 eggs boiled – how to boil eggs?
½ cup pitted Kalamata olives
½ bunch Italian parsley, chopped fine
3 medium sized white onions, 2 of them cut thinly in half moon shape
Freshly ground black pepper
Kosher salt

Soak cod in cold water for about 24 hours changing water about 4 times. Place cod in a large saucepan, fill with fresh water; add bay leaf, peppercorns and one whole onion. Bring to a boil then reduce temperature to medium and simmer for about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, transfer cod with part of the cooking water to a bowl and let it cool down to room temperature. Retain remaining cooking water in pan. Drain, shred cod into bite size pieces. Remove and discard skin and any bones.

cooked, desalinated cod

cooked, desalinated cod

prepared salt cod

prepared salt cod

Return saucepan to the burner. Add whole potatoes, top with more water if needed. Bring to a boil and cook until soft by not crumbly. Mine took about 25 minutes. Scoop potatoes out of the pan, and let them cool in a colander. Once cool enough to handle, peel and cut into thick slices then set aside, keep warm.

Follow the link above to boil the eggs.

Meanwhile add canola oil to a pan that is wide enough to lay quartered peppers skin down in a single layer. Sprinkle with salt, cover, bring temperature to high. Then lower it and cook/poach peppers until soft and skins are wrinkled, about 15-20 minutes. Do not burn them. Remove from heat, let cool, peel and discard skins. Set aside. Reserve the oil for other cooking purposes.

Wipe the pan with a paper towel, add ¾ cup olive oil, sliced onion, some salt and cook on low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring every now and then. Onions should be soft but not browned. Towards the last minute add crushed garlic followed by the prepared cod. Put in parsley, bell and black peppers. Carefully fold in potatoes and heat through.

Transfer to a warm serving bowl, garnish with slices of egg and Kalamata olives. Drizzle remaining olive oil over everything.

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Devaki @ weavethousandflavors February 27, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Dear Hegui – I will absolutely make this as soon as possible – i.e. there is room in my fridge for more groceries. FABULOUS!!!!

chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

OysterCulture March 4, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Oh my goodness, more yummy salted cod recipes, I sense a dinner theme coming on. Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

office supplies March 8, 2012 at 6:14 am

Looks really good, i have just printed this out and will be making this tonight. keep the good food coming.

Andre Loxas March 10, 2012 at 10:12 am

Oh man. Made it myself, a little bit salty but delicous!

Heguiberto March 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Andre,
Next time you make it soak the salt cod a longer period of time. This should take care of the excess salt.
Thank you for visiting weirdcombinations.
Heguiberto

Magic of Spice March 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm

What gorgeous flavors! This is a beautiful salted cod dish if ever there was one…nice!

locksmith March 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Wow, looks so delicious!

xamthone plus May 3, 2012 at 11:57 am

Oh my goodness, more yummy salted cod recipes, I sense a dinner theme coming on.

Priscyla January 17, 2014 at 11:03 am

I have done this recipe, very delicious, I recommend!

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